Whitby firsts foiled in final over

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Whitby Cricket Club’s first team were narrowly edged out by league rivals Great Ayton 2nds, who claimed victory in the final over of a tense clash on Saturday.

Batting first, Whitby openers Will Donald and Theo Clarke put on a half-century partnership before the former was trapped lbw on 17.

Whitby's Arron Leeman is run out by Ayton's Tom Revell'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby's Arron Leeman is run out by Ayton's Tom Revell'picture: Brian Murfield

Clarke went on to produce the highlight of Whitby’s innings with a score of 81, but a middle wicket collapse meant that the 1sts were struggling to post a competitive total.

Some late resistance was offered, though, in the form of skipper Paul Buck (25), who had earlier been interviewed for a Sky Sports Yorkshire cricket programme, and wicket-keeper Robbie Hurworth, who was unbeaten on 52 when he ran out of partners at the crease.

Whitby’s total of 204 all out, although perfectly respectable, was still well within the visitors’ reach if they could keep up with the required run-rate.

Great Ayton began well although their first two batsmen were both bowled – one an lbw – by Whitby’s Tasmanian import, Richard Howe.

Theo Clarke makes his 50 for Whitby 1sts v Great Ayton'picture: Brian Murfield

Theo Clarke makes his 50 for Whitby 1sts v Great Ayton'picture: Brian Murfield

But the game looked to be turning the visitors’ way as Tom Revell (61 not out) and John Russell (63) kept the scoreboard ticking over.

In a match which could have gone either way, Great Ayton secured the winning runs in the last over, with only four deliveries remaining.

James Hall put in a great shift, taking 5-47 while Ricky Hall also chipped in with a couple.

The result keeps Whitby 1sts in third spot in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League’s Premier Division.

Chris Lyth in bat for Whitby'picture: Brian Murfield

Chris Lyth in bat for Whitby'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby 1sts enjoyed better fortunes in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League Cup when they got the better of derby rivals Guisborough earlier in the week.

The 20-over contest, at Fountains Garth, saw Whitby win the toss and choose to bat first.

Howe (25) and Clarke (22) were well supported by James Hall and Ron Lyth, who both struck 15, as the visitors were dismissed for 116.

However, Guisborough struggled from the off and despite Ian Shaw’s 28 and a 21 from Martin Ball, too many single digit scores affected their total and they ran short, finishing on 104/8 from their allotted 20 overs.

End of the line for Whitby's Theo Clarke on 81'picture: Brian Murfield

End of the line for Whitby's Theo Clarke on 81'picture: Brian Murfield

The 1sts go to Bishop Auckland in the league this weekend seeking to get back on the victory trail.

They have another cup game at home to Middlesbrough 2nds on Tuesday night.